|Title:||Copy Extracts In Hand ?, Dury To Hartlib?, In English & German|
|Dating:||13 November & 8 December [1628?]|
|Notes:||Date appears to be 1638, Turnbull (HDC p130 note 2) suggests 1628 was intended.|
Children that are vncapable of the Precepts of Christianity to a Custome of naturall vertues of this I make 2 parts viz. <the care> to judge of the persons & accions of Children & the care to order all by way of Correccion & direccion Concerning the judgment of persons that is done & that which doth belong to the judgment of actions is onely begun & besides the intricatenes of the meditacion wherein I have noe helpe of any Authour My Lord of Wirmoston the Ambassador with whom I came first hither hathe beene a greate let vnto mee all the while hee was here, Now hee is gon & I will not bee able to fall to my former meditacions till all my Letters bee written./
<left margin, H: by> Gods Grace in them The things belonging to this Subject are soe wonderfull diffused intricate & obscure & my desire is soe earnest to prosecute them & I have none to helpe mee in them and I find my selfe by reason of my manifold weakenesses and sins soe vnfit for them that I am oft tymes[altered] in greate Straites and extreame impatiencye & sorrowe The former troubles[altered] of my mind concerning the Pastorall care were ever heretofore the cheife but now they are swallowed vp by these I thanke you for your bookes & MS. which through your wonted care you have sent mee but I desire not that you should send any other things vnto mee till I see you Except it bee something to this effect whereby I may bee helped in these Counsells of peace For till I see some greater light in the particulars of this whole matter I have determined to thinke vpon nothing save onely the Texts of my ordinary 3 Sermons And if ever the Lord send mee <left margin, H: into> England I hope it shall bee not onely with a full informacion concerning those new Reformatours in Germany but allsoe with the glad Tydings of peace that reformacion of Schismes & Scandalous practizes & fruitles intentions[altered] may easily
bee procured and established vnchangeably in the Churches of God which in these latter ages have beene called out of Babilon The Lord Stirre vp many labourers in this worke for the harvest is <very> greate And if I bee longer absent from you then I intend I suppose it will bee because I shall not bee well fitted for this worke, but I hope that by your prayers & the supply of the Spirit our joy & expectacion shall be fullfilled For indeede I must confesse that the Lord hath assisted mee evidently in some thoughts beyond my expectacion soe that in regard of his favour offered to invite mee to prosecute this worke I have greate inward assurance & noe occasion at all to feare but in regard of my continuall indisposicion on the other side whereby I doe neglect or abuse the good motions of his holy Spirit & the assistance or rather provocations comeing from his grace I am altogether discouraged & scarce dare hope that ever I shall bee worthy to bee an Instrument of soe good a worke But if it please God to blesse mee in this project but soe farr that I may bee able to provoke others more able & worthy to take this Subject to heart & the worke it selfe in hand then at better leisure I will Stretch my selfe out vpon the things belonging to the education of Children [another hand?: Mr Williamsons] Tutour comes not neere mee & I am sorrye
for it though I thinke not expressely vpon this matter now yet I would not care now & then to have some occasions to fall abruptly vpon them for oft times incident & abrupt thoughts are noe lesse materiall then others which have beene long sought out./.